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Scott and Forrest have been called the 'Click and Clack of esoterica' by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. They strive to bring you everything that's entertaining about those stories and remind you that it's ok to laugh at scary stories sometimes. Put your headphones on, settle in for your commute and get ready to experience a show like nothing you've ever heard before. Show schedule is generally 3 weeks on and 1 week off.

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Scott and Forrest have been called the 'Click and Clack of esoterica' by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. They strive to bring you everything that's entertaining about those stories and remind you that it's ok to laugh at scary stories sometimes. Put your headphones on, settle in for your commute and get ready to experience a show like nothing you've ever heard before. Show schedule is generally 3 weeks on and 1 week off.

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This podcast has interesting topics.

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It’s like nerding our with your best friend. Beyond amazing. It doesn’t get more real than this.

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6977 Ratings
Average Ratings
5638
711
256
185
187

Good 🙂

By i❤HK - May 29 2020
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This podcast has interesting topics.

Nerding out

By WhiskeyGirl108 - May 20 2020
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It’s like nerding our with your best friend. Beyond amazing. It doesn’t get more real than this.
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Astonishing Legends

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Scott and Forrest have been called the 'Click and Clack of esoterica' by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. They strive to bring you everything that's entertaining about those stories and remind you that it's ok to laugh at scary stories sometimes. Put your headphones on, settle in for your commute and get ready to experience a show like nothing you've ever heard before. Show schedule is generally 3 weeks on and 1 week off.

Rank #1: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Part 1

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Few realize or remember that the very beginnings of English colonization in North America were fraught with tremendous hardship, peril, and connected to an enduring mystery.  A charter was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1584 to explore and colonize lands unclaimed by Christian kingdoms, south of Newfoundland, and north of Spanish Florida.  With hopes of finding vast riches as the Spanish Empire had done in Central and South America and a possible Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean, Raleigh had initiated two attempts at establishing an English settlement along the coast of present-day North Carolina.  The first colony was set up by Governor Ralph Lane in 1585 on Roanoke Island, located in the Outer Banks.  This enterprise would end in failure and evacuation from scare resources and hostile relations with the local Native American tribes.  A second attempt at a colony came in 1587 with Governor John White and around 115 men, women, and children who had agreed to settle in this wondrous but challenging new country.  Unfortunately, a curious order left these hapless planters on Roanoke Island, which had now become dangerous from the actions of the former colony.  The colonists persuaded White to return to England to plead for help, but due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, he was not able to return to Roanoke until 1590.  When White and the relief mission finally made their way to their last known location, the settlers had vanished, including White's daughter and his infant granddaughter.  White's granddaughter Virginia Dare would be known as the first English child born in a New World English possession, but what happened to her remains unknown.  The only clue as to their whereabouts were the letters "CRO" carved into a tree and the word "CROATOAN" carved into the fort's palisade.  These enigmatic carvings and the strange disappearance of the Lost Colony at Roanoke would ensure that their fate would become one of the first and lasting mysteries of the English occupation in the New World.
Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/3/14/ep-171-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-part-1

Mar 15 2020

2hr 1min

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Rank #2: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 1

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Houses are supposed to be warm and inviting, friendly, a place where we can feel safe in their presence, just like people are supposed to be. But as much as we would like to hope all people are shining examples of those qualities, we know all too well some people are not, and it is the same with houses. Houses can have personalities, just like people, and sometimes those personalities are a spirit of joy and sometimes those personalities house a spirit of darkness and mystery. And then there are unique houses, like the one in Atchison, Kansas which has had so much reported supernatural activity within it, that it has become notorious for being the most haunted house in the most haunted town in Kansas. But is it the house itself or what passes through it and keeps returning that gives it its character? The house in question is known as the Sallie House, getting its name from the spirit of an eponymous little girl that is said to dwell there. Sometimes it is thought that Sallie plays harmless pranks on visitors and sometimes, something more sinister than pranks. While we may not know what goes on in the spirit realm, what seems to be true is that once you experience the spirit of a place, you can feel drawn to return, and in turn, that spirit may want to revisit you.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/10/28/ep-123-the-sallie-house-ghost-in-the-machine-part-1

Oct 29 2018

3hr 56mins

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Rank #3: Resurrection Mary Part 1

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Legend has it, that sometime in the late 1920s or early '30s, a young couple was enjoying an evening of dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom, later renamed the Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquets, located southwest of Chicago, IL. After an argument, the woman stormed out, deciding she'd rather walk home than spend another minute with her boyfriend. As she walked along Archer Avenue on a wintery night, she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. Her bereaved parents buried her at nearby Resurrection Cemetery in the white ballgown and shoes in which she died. Ever since, people have reported either dancing with or giving a ride to a hauntingly beautiful young woman, with long blonde hair and blue eyes, dressed in a white gown, who at some point vanishes from their midst. Accounts of these spectral encounters have been so numerous over the years that the legend of "Resurrection Mary" is perhaps Chicago's most famous and beloved ghost story. 

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/03/25/ep-101-arcapalooza-part-2

Mar 26 2018

1hr 52mins

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Rank #4: Abduction at Devil's Den

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The interview you’re about to hear is one of the most compelling, fascinating, and terrifying personal accounts we’ve ever come across.  We realize it may also be one of the most controversial subjects we’ve ever discussed.  Our guest tonight knows these sensations all too well. The wonder, terror, decades of trauma, and the consequences from coming forward after a lifetime of these experiences are all part of his story.  In June of 1977, Terry Lovelace was in the U.S. Air Force working as a medic and EMT while stationed at Whiteman AFB.  He and his EMT partner and close friend felt compelled to take a weekend camping to Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas.  What started out as a carefree trip to the great outdoors would end in a night of horror and pain as they encountered a massive unknown craft about five stories tall.  This experience would lead to not only nightmares and inexplicable panic attacks for Terry along with an intense investigation by the USAF Office of Special Investigations, but the tragic and premature death of his friend.  Terry would go on to a successful career in law as a felony prosecutor, eventually becoming an Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Territory of American Samoa and a State’s Attorney for Vermont’s Board of Medical Practice.  After retirement, a trip to the Emergency Room for a fall in 2012 would bring all those suppressed memories to the surface once again, memories that began in his childhood.  The radiologist had discovered an anomalous piece of square metal about the size of a fingernail with two wires attached, just above his right knee.  In the calf muscle below, a strange, flower petal-shaped object with the density of bone was also discovered.  To add to the mystery, there were no incision marks anywhere to be found.  This discovery and the objects’ purpose were enough to convince Terry that it was time to tell his story.  He believes we all have a right to know what’s really going on.  Some may find his account frightening or at least alarming, while others will dismiss it as fantasy.  Many won’t know what to think about it.  But consider this: if you don’t believe any of it, then you don’t have to worry, you and your rationale are safe.  If you do believe his story, even just some of it, then it may provide a glimpse into one of the biggest mysteries and threats humanity has ever faced.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/10/13/ep-155-abduction-at-devils-den

Oct 13 2019

2hr 56mins

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Rank #5: Skinwalker Ranch (Part 1)

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Where do you go for your One-stop Shopping for the supernatural? Why the "Skinwalker Ranch" in northeastern Utah of course! It's got it all, including, but not limited to: Skinwalkers (naturally), UFOs, powerful poltergeists, deadly orbs, cryptids, cattle mutilation, interdimensional portals, disembodied voices, shadow beings and other assorted aliens, reptilian creatures, and hybrid wolf beasts, to name just a few. And all this for the low, low price of your grip on reality. It was a cost that would nearly be paid in full by the Sherman family, who owned the ranch for what must have seemed like an interminable two years, from 1994 to 1996. It was during this time that the Shermans not only lost 14 head of cattle and all of their pets but also their sleep and their understanding of the impossible. Join us for a trip to one of the most paranormal places on earth, won't you?

Tonight's Quote:

“We have to leave this place. We have to leave this place.”
— Gwen Sherman, co-owner with husband Terry, of what became known as "Skinwalker Ranch."

Show Links:

We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners!

Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp https://amzn.com/B000FCKKXU
Skinwalker Ranch by Ryan Skinner and D.L. Wallace https://amzn.com/B00KBDFYKW
Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch So Much? Brief overview from The Daily Beast http://thebea.st/1JDtjBt
Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber https://amzn.com/0061474185
Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 1 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2bTkwl8
Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 2 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2cgqwny
Navajo Skinwalker legend http://bit.ly/2bL2L4l
Skinwalker Ranch on Wiki http://bit.ly/2c2q3Vf
13 Stories of Encounters with Navajo Skinwalkers http://tcat.tc/2bKYvl8
Skinwalker Ranch: Apocalypse Close Encounters - a documentary by Marc Coppell http://bit.ly/2bSrceY

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Credits: Episode 045 - "Skinwalker Ranch (Part 1)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Sep 01 2016

1hr 30mins

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Rank #6: Black Eyed Kids Part 1

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First, there's a knock. A very persistent knock, at your door, at your car window. Or maybe they stop you on a walk, on your way somewhere, when you're alone. They're just kids, right? And who doesn't want to help out kids in need? Except that these aren't like any kids you've met before. They're not like any humans you've ever met before, because what humans have you seen that have completely all-black eyes and fill you with an inexplicable dread? These kids don't want money (that's what humans want) and they really don't need to use your phone, even though that's what they mostly ask for. No. What they want is to get in. Into your house, into your car, into your space, to be near you. But, they need your permission first. Why? What are the rules? And what do they want when they get in? What they want is the only thing you possess of any real value – your soul.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/10/22/ep-87-black-eyed-kids-part-1

Oct 23 2017

1hr 49mins

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Rank #7: The Ax Murder House in Villisca Part 2

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What is at the heart of our fears?  We may be afraid to encounter a supernatural specter or a creature from beyond our reality and understanding, or an agent of evil from a more earthly realm, but in either case, what we actually fear is the potential for harm to come to us or our loved ones.  The deadly violence that visits randomly and one we are powerless to stop.  Ironically, our tendency as humans is also to become fascinated by what scares us.  We seek to glimpse into the darkness not only as a vicarious thrill but also as a means of coping.  It is why we find fun in traditions like Halloween and for some, indulging our curiosity in the exploits of serial killers.  As we put to bed the story of the Villisca ax murders, we find that it is a story that contains all the elements of our primal dread.  Acts so horrible they left scars and echoes in the worlds of the living and the dead.  Our guest tonight, author Troy Taylor, helps us piece together the facts and makes a strong case that the killer who committed the shocking murders in Villisca quite likely left a trail of death throughout the Midwest with as many as 30 victims or more.  In the end, what we learn is that there is more to fear from a monster made of flesh and blood.  This was a monster that randomly and wantonly tore flesh and spilled blood, one who was all too real, and one that was never caught.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2019/10/26/ep-156-the-ax-murder-house-in-villisca-part-2

Oct 27 2019

3hr 38mins

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Rank #8: Göbekli Tepe Part 1

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In 1963, archaeologists from the University of Chicago and Istanbul University examined a site known by locals as Göbekli Tepe, or "Potbelly Hill."  They dismissed the site at the time as merely a medieval cemetery due to the numerous slabs of stone thought to be grave markers.  However, in 1993, German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, who was doing work at another Neolithic site in nearby Nevalı Çori, heard about the report and decided to investigate it for himself.  What Schmidt and his team would eventually discover would turn out to be one of the most astounding, mysterious and important archaeological discoveries in history.  Laying just below the surface was the earliest known sanctuary structure ever built by humans.  Somehow, a group of prehistoric hunter-gathers had managed to quarry massive slabs of stone from nearby outcroppings, some weighing as much as 7 to 10 tons with lengths of up to 18 feet.  They then moved them hundreds of feet into numerous circular configurations.  This was done without the use of wheels or animals and before the invention of metalworking, pottery or writing.  The earliest works found at the site date to over 11,000 years old, or around 9600 B.C., predating Stonehenge by at least 7000 years.  While we may not know yet what belief system would motivate these ancient, primitive peoples to undertake such a monumental task, the result of their unbelievable efforts may have led to a ground-breaking theory.  Instead of the previous view that the invention of the domestication of plants and animals led humans to develop civilization and with it, religious belief systems, the human desire to worship as a community may have led to farming and thus sparked civilization.  As researchers are still seeking answers as to what these people believed, there are those that think the answers may be far more mystical than what many are willing to imagine.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/05/26/ep-108-gbekli-tepe

May 27 2018

2hr 5mins

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Rank #9: The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 1

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Skeptics and believers alike will always demand proof of paranormal claims. But what happens when extraordinary and therefore controversial evidence is offered? When it comes to one of the most popular and enduring legends of a cryptid, that of North America's Bigfoot or Sasquatch, we have an answer. On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin were about ten days into a horseback trip near Bluff Creek, northwest of Orleans, CA. Patterson had heard of Bigfoot activity in the area and hoped to film some evidence with a 16mm motion picture camera. Around 1:30 p.m. that day, Patterson got his wish, and much more than he bargained for in the long run. As the pair rode around an upturned tree stump, they suddenly spotted what appeared to be a massive, ape-like beast quickly walking away from them. As Patterson struggled to free himself from his startled and fallen horse, he managed to start filming while running towards it, capturing almost one minute of an unexplainable creature who has since been affectionately nicknamed "Patty." What resulted was a film clip that has been scrutinized nearly as much as the Zapruder film and became the iconic image of what the public envisions when they think of Bigfoot. Attempts have been made to call into question Patterson's character and in turn, the likelihood that he would perpetrate a hoax of this encounter. But this tactic doesn't address the heart of the matter and answer the question, just what is that creature on the film? The Patterson-Gimlin film has never been satisfactorily debunked, which is why it is still hotly debated to this day. There are only two logical conclusions about the film itself: either it remains one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, or the film actually captured a Bigfoot.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/4/13/ep-139-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-1

Apr 14 2019

2hr 8mins

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Rank #10: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 1

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In 1899, construction on the Flannan Isles lighthouse was completed, perched atop Eilean Mòr, one of the highest points in the Outer Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. It would soon experience its first tragedy and an enduring mystery. For several days, it's light could not be seen and on December 15, 1900, the ship Archtor documented this concern in its log while heading to port in Leith. However, 11 days would pass before the lighthouse tending ship Hesperus would be able to dock at Eilean Mòr due to foul weather, for which the area is well-known. What they discovered, or rather, didn't discover, would lead to one of the biggest mysteries of this enchanted region. Serious storm damage was evident on the island, but nothing seemed amiss inside the lighthouse itself except for the fact that the three lighthouse keepers had vanished and would never be seen again.  

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/06/24/ep-111-mystery-of-the-flannan-isles-lighthouse

Jun 24 2018

1hr 34mins

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Rank #11: The Ghosts of Flight 401

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At 9:20 p.m. on December 29, 1972, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar commercial airliner, designated as Eastern Airlines Flight 401, departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, bound for Miami, Florida.  Onboard were 13 crew members and 163 passengers, 176 souls in all.  It was a routine trip for Flight 401 until 11:32 p.m. when the plane began its approach to Miami International Airport, and an indicator light for the nose landing gear had not lit up.  While the Flight Crew tried to troubleshoot the faulty indicator, the steering yoke was accidentally nudged, causing a function of the autopilot to begin a descent so gradually that no one had noticed.  Ten minutes later, Flight 401 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing five crew members and 96 passengers.  It would be the first crash of a “Jumbo Jet” and have at the time, the highest number of fatalities from any one-plane accident in U.S. civil aviation history.  But this tragic story doesn’t end there.  A legend was born citing more than 20 accounts from EAL employees and passengers that they had interacted with the ghosts of Captain Bob Loft and Flight Engineer Don Repo who had perished in the crash.  These stories mostly involved other Eastern Airlines L-1011s that had refitted parts salvaged from Flight 401.  Whether out of guilt or an unstoppable sense of duty, these apparitions reportedly appeared to be quite lifelike and were trying to prevent further disasters.  Although Eastern Airlines management vehemently denied these claims, due to the prevalence of these tales in the airline community, one must wonder if there is any truth to them.  Whatever the case, whether from real testimony or a desire to entertain, the legend of the ghosts of Flight 401 helped to make sure the victims and survivors are not forgotten.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2019/11/24/ep-160-the-ghosts-of-flight-401

Nov 25 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #12: The Mothman (Part 1)

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All legends are local in a way, and when one local person tells a tale of a strange encounter, it can be a cause for skeptical snickers from the townsfolk. When more than a hundred people from the same region all see the same thing, it can lead to books, a major Motion Picture and even an annual festival. Such is the case with Point Pleasant, West Virginia and the Ohio River Valley's own "Mothman" — whose local sightings turned into national legend. There are several elements that contribute to the intense curiosity that still surrounds the stories of the Mothman, himself described as a winged, humanoid creature with glowing red eyes and a sympathetic, if mysterious nature. One of them is the sudden appearance of a friendly, inter-dimensional road tripper named Indrid Cold who just wants to get to know you better and may be searching for a cryptid on the loose . Another is the unsettling thought that these encounters may have portended a disaster that took the lives of 46 people exactly 13 months later.

Tonight's Quote:

“Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception.” -

— Jacques Vallée, Computer Scientist, Venture Capitalist and noted Ufologist

Show Links:

We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners!

The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel https://amzn.com/0765334984
The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie https://amzn.com/B0000648X0
The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP https://youtu.be/5HxY4suVjSo
Point Pleasant, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2euHGdZ
Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew http://bit.ly/2e3aZpU
Visit the Mothman Museum! http://bit.ly/2enKY4d
Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV! http://bit.ly/1pjsSMO
Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman! http://www.thelowehotel.com/
Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells http://n.pr/2drLM5A
Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area" http://bit.ly/2eIfuJD
Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired http://bit.ly/2e8qeyV
The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on WeekInWeird.com http://bit.ly/2eI4OuC
Mothman on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dQ3dhn
1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce http://bit.ly/2drIzTK
The Grinning Man on TheNightSky.org http://bit.ly/2ej1G76
The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania http://bit.ly/2ej0hNV
Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR http://n.pr/2elZZaH

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Episode 050 - "Mothman" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Special thanks to Jordan Pickering, Rey Castañeda and Sarah Cozzemero. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.

Oct 20 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #13: Dyatlov Pass (Part 1 of 2)

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On January 27, 1959, a group of outdoor enthusiasts, known as 'tourists' in Russia, consisting of seven men and two women, mostly students and graduates of the Ural Polytechnical Institute (which is now the Ural Federal University) left the village of Vizhay in the northern Ural Mountains on a two-week ski trek, through a region called Sverdlovsk Oblast, the "gateway to Siberia" in Russia.  In Russia a 'tourist' is a serious outdoorsman. The goal was to reach Otorten Mountain at the end of their journey.  Their planned route would rank as a "Category III," the most difficult classification for a hiking expedition in winter, which if successful, would qualify them as "Masters of Sport."  On February 1st as they started to move through a mountain pass on their last leg of the trip, bad weather and decreasing visibility forced them off course, and the group decided to make camp on the eastern slope of a small mountain called Kholat Syakhl by the indigenous Mansi peoples, which translates to "Dead Mountain" due to the area's lack of wild game.  Sometime during the night of February 2nd, the group suffered an unimaginably terrifying ordeal, sealing their fate.  When they hadn't been heard from by February 20th, a search party was formed to look for the missing youths.  On February 26th the search party reached their camp and what they found would bring more questions than answers.  It appeared as though something had scared the hikers so badly, that they panicked and ripped a hole in the side of their tent in order to escape, shoeless, into - 20º F (-29º C) snowfall.  It was determined by Soviet authorities that the group had met with a "compelling unknown force" causing them all to flee and ultimately die of exposure with some also suffering significant internal injuries such as broken ribs and fractured skulls.  There have since been many theories put forth as to what this force actually was, but we may never know what was so horrific that it caused this group of experienced adventurers to take leave of their senses and take their chances in the deadly wilderness.  Following the incident, the mountain pass was named "Dyatlov Pass" in honor of the group's leader, Igor Dyatlov.

Tonight's Quote:

"I wonder what awaits us in this hike? Will anything new happen?" - Zina Kolmogorova from her last diary entry.

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(Links work best in iOS on iTunes or on our webpage at astonishinglegends.com)

Archive of a very comprehensive website about the whole Dyatlov story
Dyatlov Pass on Wiki
Terrific archive of all the photos from the group, in English and Russian
Russian website about Dyatlov
Forum on the Dyatlov incident
Donnie Eichar's "Authors at Google" interview about his book, "Dead Mountain"
Book Review of "Dead Mountain"
Song: Pixies "Wave of Mutilation" from the album, "Doolittle"
YouTube vid about Dyatlov - text pulled from Wiki entry but has good photos
Interesting story about a family living isolated for 40 years in Siberia
Russian Yeti at Dyatlov?
Part 1 of "Golden Symphony"
Ellorsith on BandCamp

Credits:

Episode 023 - 'Dyatlov Pass (Part 1)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle.  Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved. 

Sep 12 2015

1hr 18mins

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Rank #14: The Nazi Bell (Part 1)

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In August of 1997, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author, Igor Witkowski claims to have been shown classified prisoner interrogation transcripts of German SS General Jakob Sporrenberg by a Polish Intelligence agent. What Witkowski discovered seemed to be official evacuation protocols for a secret Nazi research project concerning a device named “Die Glocke” which he referred to as, “The Nazi Bell.” Given the highest top secret classification by the German WWII military of “Krieg Entscheidend” or “War Decisive” the Nazi Bell appears to have been a machine designed to produce nuclear energy or weaponry or become an engine for anti-gravity Field Propulsion, but with some startling, uncontrollable and lethal side-effects such as the disruption of the space-time continuum. Witkowski’s findings led him to write a seminal book on the subject, Prawda o Wunderwaffe or “The Truth About the Wonder Weapon” published in 2000. This, in turn, has led authors like Nick Cook and Dr. Joseph P. Farrell to expand on the subject in their own respective books. Tonight we speak with Igor Witkowski to discuss how he came about his research on The Nazi Bell, what he thinks it might have been capable of, and finally a hint as to what it might still become.

Tonight's Quote:

“It was classified from the very start as decisive for the war, and supposedly the most secret research project carried out during the entire war in Germany.”

—Igor Witkowski, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author on the role of the "Nazi Bell" in World War II

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The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski http://a.co/30s9meC The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology by Nick Cook http://a.co/cisrU1y The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: Nasa's Nazis, JFK, And Majic-12 by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell http://a.co/gw8pGlb Hitler's Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology by Henry Stevens http://a.co/3fBBDcg "Die Glocke" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2lBHQnt What is Zero-Point Energy? Let Wikipedia explain it. http://bit.ly/2lUnGJC Wormholes - in astrophysics http://bit.ly/1kK0J6s Field Propulsion http://bit.ly/2lX5aNC Mystery of "The Flytrap" - YouTube documentary: http://bit.ly/2kSM2ze Interview with Dr. Joseph P. Farrell on The Paranormal Podcast #91, by Jim Harold "Nazis and the Bell" http://bit.ly/2lgE2sS Secrets of the Nazi Bell with Tim Ventura and Dr. Joseph Farrell http://bit.ly/2lX909b Die Glocke - The Nazi Bell on Unsolved Mysteries of the World blog http://bit.ly/2lt8G4h The Nazi Bell on Me Time for the Mind http://bit.ly/2l4x1gc Nazi Bell Uncovered - Behind the Myth http://bit.ly/2m6rvHM Above Top Secret Forum - Nazi Bell Debunked? http://bit.ly/2m6AcSr Jeff Rense on Die Glocke http://bit.ly/2lglGs8 Uranium - Twisting the Dragon’s Tail PBS documentary, Part 1 of 2 http://bit.ly/2ltYEjG Operation Paperclip http://bit.ly/1mmEG31 Operation Epsilon http://bit.ly/2lUujvz Alsos Mission http://bit.ly/2kSXbzT Operation Big http://bit.ly/2lUtkLV Operation Harborage http://bit.ly/2lu1qWk Walter Gerlach http://bit.ly/2ltSkJc Wernher von Braun http://bit.ly/1JKgp2g Jakob Sporrenberg http://bit.ly/2ltWZuK Hans Kammler http://bit.ly/2kyAoxm Martin Bormann http://bit.ly/2m6ALM3 Heinrich Müller http://bit.ly/2ltR3lx Heinrich Himmler http://bit.ly/1DLxbyL

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Episode 62 - "The Nazi Bell" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Sound Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Sound Design byRyan McCullough; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.

Feb 18 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #15: The Tall Ones Part 1

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It's easy to imagine a version of ourselves that's gargantuan, magical, a hero that often plays the villain, a giant among the ordinary. Legends of giants doing as they please have been with us since the beginning and continue to fascinate us in cinema and sport. The idea of a giant is easy to entertain because either through genetics or rare disorders, extra-large humans have naturally lived throughout our existence. The idea that's not easy for the modern person to imagine, aside from a singular Goliath-like demigod here n' there, is the possibility of a race of giants having once existed, tribes of superhumans whose feats and physicality filled us with fear and wonder in antiquity. Yet with these tall tales being so pervasive worldwide, could it be that communities of giants were real or was it merely that the occasional taller than average human became the inspiration for myth? Join us tonight as we explore the mystery of legendary giants.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/1/28/ep-96-the-tall-ones-part-1

Jan 29 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #16: The Edgar Cayce Story Part 1

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Edgar Cayce is often remembered nowadays as the "father of holistic medicine" and the rightful originator of many of the beliefs and practices of the "New Age" movement. Yet what is remarkable is that although you might naturally think Cayce was a pop-culture product of the 1960s and '70s, his mystical talents gained him worldwide attention beginning from just after the turn of the last century until his death in 1945. Even more astounding was that the valid diagnoses and cures for the ailing that he was first known for apparently came to him while in a sleep-like state and unbeknownst to his conscious mind. Yet Cayce was a hesitant and modest "medium."  Born in 1877 in a farming community just south of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he experienced interactions with the supernatural throughout his life.  In his early childhood, Cayce claimed he played with invisible "little folk" and could communicate with his deceased grandfather. While in his early teens and suffering from learning disabilities, he said he was visited by an angel who told him his difficulties would be over.  Cayce soon realized he could thoroughly memorize entire books merely by resting his head on one as he slept. As a young adult, Cayce's medical condition led to the discovery that if he laid down and entered his meditative state, diagnosis and treatment would relay through him from a seemingly omniscient source. And not only did this work for himself, but the source could accurately diagnose and offer a remedy to others no matter the distance, with him only needing the name and location of the patient. Even more incredible was that this intelligence could also reveal answers about great mysteries like the Egyptian Pyramids, Atlantis, reincarnation, future wars, and prophecies, to name a few. Ironically, for many years of his life, he would remain skeptical and disturbed about the information that was coming through him regarding these topics.  He preferred to focus on curing the sick while reluctant to gain much profit from his abilities. Whether you believe Edgar Cayce was a gifted healer or a charlatan, there is no doubt his results made him one of the famous names in the subject of metaphysics and arguably the most documented psychic of the 20th century. His legacy lives on as "America's Sleeping Prophet."

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode:  http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/1/13/ep-164-the-edgar-cayce-story-part-1

Jan 13 2020

2hr 36mins

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Rank #17: Shadow People

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They watch us. They wait. Lurking in the shadows or in bright daylight, from afar, in the corners of our eyes or in our very own bedrooms, staring directly at us, sometimes with eyes of red fire. They observe us and learn our behavior or they try to choke the breath and souls from our bodies. But why are they here and what do they really want with us? Or are their sightings and interactions just a physiological or psychological anomaly, Hypnogogic or Hypnopompic Isolated Sleep Paralysis, a trick of the light, perhaps a wayward spark causing an electrical stimulation of the brain's left temporoparietal junction? Maybe this phenomenon is only one of the many unfortunate side-effects of a methamphetamine bender, but then why do sober and healthy people also see them? Join us tonight as we explore what these uninvited paranormal intruders might be, perhaps either interdimensional or bioelectrochemical and why they seem to enjoy the abject terror they instill in us in our 2nd Annual Halloween Special. If these spectral watchers are real, one thing is certain: they feed off our deepest, darkest fear.

Tonight's Quote:

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?”

  • Edgar Allen Poe

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A very general overview of Shadow People on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1jH5sGz
Induction of a Shadow Person via local electrical stimulation in the brain http://bit.ly/1kDGEPX
Art Bell radio episode on YouTube about Shadow People http://bit.ly/1jHfGqs
The Daily Mail Article Scott Referenced on the Documentary, 'The Nightmare' http://dailym.ai/1Ly2QDW
The Film, The Nightmare http://bit.ly/1MPGDiz
An article from the website Odd Xtreme on Black Eyed Kids http://bit.ly/1NteSz5
"Floaters" in the eye's vitreous humour http://bit.ly/1PK7PFq
The Grinning Man and Indrid Cold http://bit.ly/1bX3Y0f
The Tulpa - a Tibetan Buddhist thoughtform creature https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulpa
The Golem http://bit.ly/1kDKRD8
David Weatherly's books "Strange Intruders" and "Black Eyed Kids" http://bit.ly/1LUTSSA
Ghost Hunters International star Susan Slaughter describes her encounter with a Black Eyed Kid to David Weatherly. http://bit.ly/1Rw4qaD
The Slender Man http://bit.ly/1OOrbsI
Jason Offutt's Shadow People Blog http://bit.ly/1OT5vfk
Shadow People article by author Jason Offutt http://bit.ly/1O0iaNa
Accounts by 15 people on their encounter with the "Sleep Paralysis Demon" http://tcat.tc/1qflsNu
Interesting letter from a scientist named "Alex" on his SP encounters http://xfin.tv/1KxCzS8
Shadow People and the Djinn from Psychology Today website http://bit.ly/1MiutV3
A critical look at the Shadow Person phenomenon from SKEPTOID http://bit.ly/1Miv2y7
reddit thread about a current encounter possibly with Indrid Cold http://bit.ly/1Miv2y7
Webpage on how to deal with Shadow Person encounters http://bit.ly/1Wbmgqf
The Horla - a short horror story by Guy de Maupassant http://bit.ly/1LQlIMf

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Episode 026 - "Shadow People" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Oct 27 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #18: The Betz Sphere Part 1

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Sometimes people come into our lives that change everything. Sometimes that change can come from an object. In March of 1974, the Betz family of Fort George Island, Florida found such an object, while investigating their property for wildfire damage. It appeared to be a shiny steel ball, measuring 7.96 inches in diameter and weighing 21.34 pounds. Being a simple, yet so out-of-place item in the middle of nowhere, it caught the attention of the eldest Betz son Terry, who took it home as a souvenir. The family, and eventually the rest of the world, would soon learn that this was no ordinary metal ball. The sphere would demonstrate highly unusual properties, like rolling that would indicate self-guidance, vibrating and emitting high-pitched frequencies, and a strange magnetic quality. These actions would be witnessed not only by the family but by the military, scientists and news media, all eager to determine who made this thing and why. While most authorities would go on record as believing the sphere was human-made, all would admit that it was no doubt weird, and no group could come forward to claim it was positively theirs. In the end, it would not be the sphere so much that would change the lives of the Betz family, but the people who were interested in it. As one might expect, if you possess an item that breaks the laws of physics, some organizations will go to great lengths to acquire it.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/01/13/ep-130-the-betz-sphere-part-1

Jan 14 2019

1hr 56mins

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Rank #19: Skinwalker Ranch (Part 2)

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If there are truly supernatural forces at work on the “Skinwalker Ranch,” they do not seem to have your best interests at heart. At the least, they seem to be indifferent to human concerns and endeavors, content to go on about their mysterious business and not above the occasional, seemingly magical prank, no matter the consternation or cost. At the worst, some entities may just want your animals or they may want the spark that gives you life. What the purpose is for their deeds and interactions we may never know nor ever fully understand, for it’s clear that their reasons are their own.

Tonight's Quote:

“In the end, I suspect that this intense concentration of 'paranormal' activity could point us all toward a new understanding of physical reality, something that is already being debated at the highest levels of modern science."

— Colm A. Kelleher, co-author along with George Knapp of The Hunt for the Skinwalker

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Interview with US Army Colonel, Ret. John Alexander from OpenMinds.tv http://bit.ly/2cbHZMf
Colonel Alexander's Amazing Website http://bit.do/colonelalexanderwebsite
Werewolf, Wolfman, or Skinwalker? One man's account from CryptoMundo.com http://bit.ly/2cum3KH
The Ranch from Hell by David Perkins on aliendave.com http://bit.ly/2bUhCan
Photos of the abandoned Ute hotel & convention center at Bottle Hollow http://bit.ly/2c6yuNu
Contact - The Movie: Talking with Hadden - Finding the Key http://bit.ly/1Qp5riL
Contact - The Movie: "Want to take a ride?" http://bit.ly/2cagBM3
Peter Weyland's 2023 TED Talk http://bit.ly/1DnM7QD
The Native American Puebloan people's ceremonial Kiva http://bit.ly/2cbI02I
Skinwalkers - Who or What are They? from paranormal-encounters.com http://bit.ly/2cjh0Rs
Chupas http://bit.do/chupas
The Phoenix Lights http://bit.do/phoenixlightswiki
Propaganda and Persuasion http://bit.do/propagandapersuasion
Pseudocommunication http://bit.do/pseudocommunication
Stuff You Should Know - Satanic Panic http://bit.do/sysksatanicpanic
Orbs at Skinwalker http://bit.do/skinwalkerorb
George Knapp Reddit AMA http://bit.do/knappAMA
Waterbabies http://bit.do/waterbabies
Bottle Hollow News http://bit.do/bottlehollownews
Bottle Hollow Homicide http://bit.do/bottlehollowhomicide
Fort Duchesne http://bit.do/FortDuchesne
The 9th Calvary http://bit.do/ninthcalvary
Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp https://amzn.com/B000FCKKXU
Skinwalker Ranch by Ryan Skinner and D.L. Wallace https://amzn.com/B00KBDFYKW
Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch So Much? Brief overview from The Daily Beast http://thebea.st/1JDtjBt
Comprehensive overview of Skinwalker Ranch from Altered Dimensions website http://bit.ly/1FnfiES
Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber https://amzn.com/0061474185
Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 1 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2bTkwl8
Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 2 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2cgqwny
Navajo Skinwalker legend http://bit.ly/2bL2L4l
Skinwalker Ranch on Wiki http://bit.ly/2c2q3Vf
13 Stories of Encounters with Navajo Skinwalkers http://tcat.tc/2bKYvl8
Skinwalker Ranch: Apocalypse Close Encounters - a documentary by Marc Coppell http://bit.ly/2bSrceY
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Episode 046 - "Skinwalker Ranch (Part 2)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; All Original Artwork by Chad Lewis, All Rights Reserved, Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Sep 08 2016

2hr 15mins

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Rank #20: The Bell Witch Part 1

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Every family has their stories passed down from generation to generation, but most aren't as fantastical or have made as much of an impact on regional history as the legend of the Bell Witch. From about 1817 to 1821 in the Red River Community, now known as Adams, Tennessee, some sort of supernatural entity known as the "Bell Witch" was claimed to have terrorized the family of John Bell. The activity was not just confined to the Bells, but many in the area at the time reported instances of poltergeist annoyances like slapping and pinching that then progressed to pranks and premonition, then to beatings and even murder. If the story of the Bell Witch is just a family's "tall tale" then it's one of the most fascinating and enduring family legends in American history. If the Bell folklore is even remotely true, then the consideration of trying to keep your own family safe from an omniscient, deceitful, vengeful and violent entity that wants you dead, surely makes for one of the most frightening tales ever told.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/10/08/ep-85-the-bell-witch-part-1

Oct 09 2017

2hr 5mins

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Fear and Smoking in Blanket Forteana Q&A Part 1

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Believe it or not, we've always viewed this podcast as a journey.  Initially, we wanted the feel of the show to embody the spirit of why we wanted to start a podcast in the first place – because we enjoyed discussing the strange and mysterious stories of this weird and wonderful world of ours with good friends.  We hope that spirit of camaraderie, curiosity, and discovery remains.  We're still unsure where this adventure into the unknown will take us, perhaps to some enlightenment or just more questions, but we couldn't be more grateful and honored that you've decided to travel with us.  Along the way, many listeners have had questions for us or wanted to share an anecdote about their own experiences.  As we've said many times before, one of our few regrets is that we haven't had the time to answer or respond to all of them directly, but perhaps these next two episodes will help a bit with that.  We felt it was a good time to take a moment, well, two very long moments spread out over two episodes to address some of the most frequently asked questions and also engage in a little introspection on where we're all at since starting this show in October of 2014.  And what better host and moderator to guide us and embrace that feeling mentioned above than our good friend Rich Hatem.  We'll talk about our backgrounds, motivations, intentions, processes, thoughts on our topics, and how our beliefs have changed... or not.  We hope you'll join us for a reflection as we continue on this journey together.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/7/11/ep-181-fear-and-smoking-in-blanket-forteana-part-1 Update Description

Jul 12 2020

2hr 19mins

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Hellfire Club Bonus Show

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Bonus show on the Hellfire Club of Dublin, originally posted to Patreon, now being shared on our main feed during this dark week.

No associated webpage for this episode, but here is a link to Part 1 of the original Loftus Hall Series: https://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/03/16/ep-137-loftus-hall-part-1

Jul 05 2020

1hr 28mins

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Astonishing Waves - For Relaxation

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We are sharing 2h45m uninterrupted audio file of heavy surf at high tide from February 14th, 2020 late evening at Carolina Beach. Recorded with a Zoom H4N at a high sample rate. Use it for sleep, meditation, ambience or don't use it at all. Share with anyone you'd like, but not for profit. All rights reserved by Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC

Jun 21 2020

2hr 45mins

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Lady Wonder Part 2

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It seems Lady Wonder was much more than a "One-trick Pony."  But even if you consider her one trick to be an abnormal aptitude for intuitiveness and the ability to express it, that's quite a trick for an animal.  Her impressive skills were at least intriguing enough to garner a scientific study of her phenomenon by a couple of leading researchers of the day.  Joseph Banks Rhine or "J.B." as he was known, and his wife Louisa E. Rhine were the founders of the branch of psychology known as parapsychology, with J.B. credited with coining the term Extrasensory Perception, or E.S.P.  In a week, they conducted around 500 experiments on Lady Wonder's powers.  While there was no conclusive proof that the horse had an individual and infallible psychic perception, the data collected was enough to astound the Rhines since no human trickery was detected.  In the following years, J.B. Rhine would come to doubt his initial conclusions, although he never expounded on his later thinking.  Still, he wondered if there wasn't instead a form of telepathy between Lady and her handler Claudia Fonda, which would be nearly as remarkable.  Skeptics have claimed that this mere parlor trick was performed by having Lady move over each letter on her "typewriter," at which point Claudia would somehow signal Lady to tap the correct key.  However, this would necessitate Lady having to step several feet in either direction to cover every possible letter and number, and the Rhines observed that when she was most effective, the horse was near motionless while in an almost trance-like state.  It would also not explain how Claudia then could have answers to questions she would not logically know.  If J.B. Rhine's rethinking of his conclusions was correct, it might be just as extraordinary if there was psychical cooperation between Lady and Claudia, one that perhaps Claudia was not even aware of herself.  Whether you believe psychic ability with any living creature is real or not, at the very least, the story of Lady Wonder illustrates the profound and special bond humans have with the animals they love.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/6/6/ep-180-lady-wonder-part-2

Jun 13 2020

1hr 55mins

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Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

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Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood. Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story.  Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/truth-vs-hollywood/id1510582080

Jun 12 2020

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Lady Wonder Part 1

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Many folks simply don't believe in psychic abilities.  But those that have had a total stranger tell them something about themselves that the person couldn't possibly know have often had a change of heart.  But what if that impossible information came from a horse!  There have been quite a few trained animals over the years that have displayed an uncanny ability to perform human-like mental feats.  From counting numbers and communicating to predicting the outcomes of sporting events, these clever animals have delighted and entertained us with their tricks.  But none have come close to the prodigious prognostication of a horse named "Lady Wonder."  Lady Wonder was a mare raised by Claudia and Clarence Fonda on their farm in Richmond, Virginia.  From her beginnings as a weeks-old foal, it was clear to Claudia that Lady was special, as she demonstrated an almost supernatural ability for intuitiveness.  Claudia soon trained Lady to recognize the alphabet with the use of toy blocks.  As she grew, Clarence fabricated a sort of giant typewriter where Lady could tap out the answers to questions posed to her.  But Lady's answers weren't relegated to the obvious, incredible as that act alone would seem.  Lady also knew things about the inquisitor that no one else could know.  As soon as this ability became known to the public, Lady was soon seeing hundreds of visitors a week, answering questions about subjects such as personal advice, business, romance, and of course, lucky gambling picks.  But most mystifying of all were her predictions of future events and knowledge of missing people.  Although like most human psychics, Lady was sometimes wrong about her prophesies, she was right enough throughout her life to spark public fascination and scientific study, earning her the name of "Lady Wonder."
Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/6/6/ep-179-lady-wonder-part-1

Jun 08 2020

1hr 42mins

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A Live Reading with Jim Hunt - Psychic Medium

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Many of us have seen all those ghost hunting shows on Cable Television and elsewhere. They usually feature an intrepid team of Paranormal Researchers trying to capture supernatural activity using electronic equipment like Night-vision cameras, audio recorders, and specially modified gear to aid in Instrumental Trans-Communication, or “ITC.” The evidence gathered is often compelling and entertaining, but usually frustratingly lacking in details. What we want to know is, who or what is this thing making its presence known, and most chillingly, what does it want? For those answers, some shows employ a psychic or a medium, and yes, there’s a difference. What these gifted individuals can tell us is what they can supposedly see that the cameras cannot, messages the recorders cannot hear, and sensations no device can detect. We’re fascinated by the insight because the answers lead to the more significant question, and that is, what happens to us after we die and what’s it like “beyond the veil?” And whether we believe in these claims or not, haven’t you thought how interesting it would be to speak with and ask questions of someone with these powers? So did we. Tonight’s guest is just such a conduit to the Other Side. Jim Hunt is an “Intuitive Life Coach” who uses his psychic abilities to help his clients understand their personal path. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jim was the resident Psychic Medium for the ghost hunting show Knock Knock Ghost, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. With a respectful and comforting manner, this on-camera approach, combined with seemingly uncanny confirmations of his observations through the ITC devices, made us think he might be fun to talk to, and we were right. In our conversation with Jim, he talks about his experiences in eastern Canada’s historically haunted locations and gives us both a bit of a “reading” where we just might gain a little insight into our own stories and that of the podcast. 

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/5/23/ep-178-a-live-reading-with-jim-hunt-psychic-medium

May 24 2020

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The Kera Object Part 2

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For nearly a month, the boys who originally discovered the "Kera Object" continued to search for and experiment with it, almost like a wild animal they hoped to tame.  The tale of their exploits with the bizarre item would be more comfortable to pass off as a childish prank if not for the corroboration of its existence by at least a couple of adults.  One of the boys, Yasuo, brought home the device to be examined by his father, Matsuo Fujimoto, who was then the director of the Center for Science Education in Kōchi City.  The boy's father, someone with scientific training, gave the object a cursory examination.  He determined that it appeared similar to an antique cast iron ashtray, but too light for the real thing.  Peering through the holes in the bottom, Mr. Fujimori noticed that the internal components were similar to a radio's.  However, he was unable to look any closer since it could not be opened and lost interest in the find.  He would later express regret for not having studied the object more closely.  Katsuoka Kojima's mother, Aiko, had also reported that the object glowed like fireflies, while Yasuo Fujimoto's mother had her own sighting of a small UFO about a month later.  In contrast to these possible confirmations of authenticity, a local astronomer interested in the phenomenon, Tsutomu Seki, had interviewed the witnesses and was impressed by them and their story, but still maintained doubts about various elements of the case.  To add to the mystery, at least two other reports of encounters with strikingly similar objects had occurred, one in 1976 about 25 miles to the west from Kera, and another as far away as Suonenjoki, Finland in 1979.  So what are we to make of all the varying details concerning these impossible objects?  If we are to believe ongoing reports, certain authorities already have extraterrestrial items in their possession, but they are strictly guarded secrets not meant for public knowledge.  If we are to believe the thousands of accounts from ordinary citizens, these alien articles are egalitarian in who they choose to appear to.  Perhaps one day, if one of these phenomenal objects can manage to be kept and operated by one of the "Little People," it will open up a new world of discovery and understanding for all of us.  
Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/5/17/ep-177-the-kera-object-part-2

May 17 2020

2hr 44mins

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The Kera Object Part 1

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Some of the most extraordinary and interactive encounters with UFOs or anomalous objects are surprisingly the least well-known.  And yet elements of the tale once heard could seem to be quite familiar. Tonight’s subject appears to be just one of those cases.  Although there are variations in the details of the incident, the general narrative goes as follows.  In the afternoon or early evening of August 25, 1972, 13-year-old student Michio Seo was passing by a rice paddy in his neighborhood of Kera near Kochi City on Shikoku Island in southern Japan when something caught his eye.  A small, strange hat-shaped device was flying erratically several feet above the field.  With a dull silver metallic finish, and a wide brim sloping upward to a bell-shaped flat top, Michio would describe its flight pattern as like a bat zig-zagging to catch insects.  Mustering his courage, Michio cautiously approached the tiny UFO until it seemed to sense his proximity and shot a bright beam of light in his direction, chasing him away.  Michio Seo then did what any adventurous teenager would do, he rounded up his four best friends and returned to the scene, hoping to prove his wondrous discovery.  To their surprise, the craft eventually returned, this time pulsating with multicolored light as evening fell.  As one of the boys got closer, the gadget once again sensed the approach and sounded a loud pop and shone a blue glow, sending them all running.  Over the next several weeks, the boys would play a cat-and-mouse game with the incredible gizmo, photographing it, even capturing and experimenting with it, only to have it mysteriously escape each time.  While this account may sound like the inspiration for a Hollywood movie, there is shockingly little information about the incident outside of Japan.  To add to the uniqueness of this encounter, not only is the contact unusually spirited, it’s characterized by elements of Pop Culture, Urban Legend, and Japanese folklore.  However, with the tremendous research help of writers and podcasters Micah Hanks and Rob Morphy, we aim to get to the bottom of an amazing story about what’s become known as “The Kera Object.”

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May 10 2020

1hr 32mins

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Coronado's Children and the Pirate Laffite Part 2

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After a long and successful piratical career in the Gulf of Mexico, the United States government finally, and firmly, requested the Laffite brothers leave Galveston Island forever.  On May 7, 1821, Jean Laffite left without protest, but not before he had his men torch his Maison Rouge headquarters and all buildings within the settlement of his Campeche compound.  It’s also likely he took with him his massive hoard of ill-gotten booty, possibly loaded onto four ships, one of which was his vessel, the Pride.  But the corsair life was in their blood, and Laffite could not leave it nor the Gulf.  He and his men would continue to take prizes there and in the waters off Cuba and Central America until his debated end sometime between 1823 and 1826.  The mysteries of his legend would continue to live on, as the search for his millions never ceased.  Although no one has publicly claimed to find his treasure, our interview guest, Cody Hix, may have found tantalizing clues leading to Laffite’s lost ship.  Cody, his brother Chuck, and their cousin Jay Hix-Jones appeared in an episode of Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates.  During their segment, they not only outlined their theory on a family connection to Laffite’s lineage but also find evidence of a possible shipwreck in a promising location.   Join us tonight as we dive deeper into the background of Cody’s family history and the details of their amazing find.  We’ll also discuss the even more persistent and enduring tales than that of Laffite’s buried treasure, those of the ghost of his tormented soul.  One legend has it that due to Laffite’s eternal guilt over his crimes, his spirit searches for an honorable and beneficent seeker to whom he will reveal his treasure.  Perhaps he has finally found worthy heirs.

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Apr 26 2020

2hr 35mins

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Coronado's Children and the Pirate Laffite Part 1

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Some lost treasures are legendary because of what is hidden. Some are legendary because of who did the hiding. Both types of captivating tales are found in the book Coronado’s Children. Published in 1930 and written by Texas folklorist and author J. Frank Dobie, Coronado’s Children is an enthralling collection of stories about buried treasure, Old West capers, and the often dangerous quest for a fleeting fortune by adventurous characters. Usually a blend of documented events and dubious oral history, these stories are not merely Tall Tales but testaments of a pioneering spirit that furthered the exploration of the American southwest and was foundational to the United States as a country. One such account that stood out to us was the legend of Jean Laffite and his brother Pierre. Spelled “Laffite” by the brothers themselves, but recorded in contemporary official US documents as “Lafitte,” theirs is a chronicle that begins and ends in mystery and everything in-between became firmly entrenched in the early history of Louisiana and Texas, from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. Arriving in New Orleans around the time of the Louisana Purchase in 1803 from debated origins, the Laffite brothers soon established a blacksmith shop in the French Quarter, which still stands today. Not long after, they realized the real profit would come from using the shop to “fence” pirated goods stolen by the privateers who preyed on Spanish merchant ships in Barataria Bay. Using their natural business acumen, the Laffites would expand their criminal enterprises enough to make themselves some of the richest and most powerful men in the region. Even when their flagrant operations had threatened the sovereignty of the US government, Jean Laffite was able to gain at least temporary pardon and acclaim by greatly aiding then General Andrew Jackson to victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans. In a career of contradictions and double-dealings, Jean Laffite would enjoy such occupations as a prominent businessman, smuggler, military hero, spy, slave trader, and criminal mastermind, but popular opinion regards him most generally as a pirate, a moniker he detested. Whatever his actual life story is and the fate of his amassed fortune, his legacy is perhaps best described by J. Frank Dobie as, “Legend, Paradox, Mystery.”

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Apr 20 2020

2hr 1min

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The Fortean Buzzkills and Rich - Roundtable 1

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We’re all sequestered in our respective locations these Strange Days, with many of us using teleconferencing applications to connect with co-workers, friends, and family. It’s a tool we use in our regular production of the podcast since we’ve been separated by a continent. But now we thought it was time to put it to even better use to check in with our good friends Rich Hatem and Rob Kristoffersen. We first met Rob in 2016 when he graciously helped us research UFO subjects. He has since gone on to produce his own podcast, Our Strange Skies, a captivating and in-depth program on the phenomenon. Rich was introduced to us through a mutual friend when an uncanny discovery occurred. He was not only the screenwriter of The Mothman Prophecies, a film we often discussed, but he also had a vast knowledge of, and a shared passion for the paranormal. We’ve had both fine gentlemen on past episodes separately, but never with all of us on together. Tonight’s show will be a free-wheeling, casual conversation covering such topics as Charles Hoy Fort, the namesake of paranormal phenomena dubbed “Forteana,” recent developments at Skinwalker Ranch, and even our setups for podcast recording and teleconferencing at home. We hope you’ll find tonight’s episode to be in the same spirit that our show is meant to be for all of our audience. That is, an engaging discussion and enduring camaraderie no matter how strange things get.

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/4/11/ep-173-the-fortean-buzzkills-and-rich-roundtable-1

Apr 12 2020

2hr 3mins

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The Midnight Library S2:E1 Premiere - In Reach of a Rowan

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Astonishing Legends presents the premiere of Season 2 of our additional show, The Midnight Library. The remaining 12 episodes can be found, dropping weekly on Sundays, on The Midnight Library's own feed. Please find and subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts!

Welcome back, Dear Guests! - Goddess Tree, Witch Tree, Bearer of a Gift Tree; Tonight we gather to learn what ancient magical powers can be found in a Rowan tree. Infused with myths, imbued with luck, and sacred to this day, the Rowan tree may be just the thing to bring joy to your garden, or it may even save your life!

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Apr 05 2020

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BONUS: Covid-19 A Corona Virus Survivor's Story

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Any tragic trend, from accidents caused by Texting While Driving to a global pandemic, can seem abstract and unreal, that is, until it "hits close to home." Statistics can seem like just unbelievable numbers until you or someone you know becomes one. Tonight, we bring you a commercial free interview with one of Scott's closest friends who happens to be one of the fortunate who has lived through the current health crisis. Andrew Sherman is a music composer living in New York City who has recently recovered from a virus, technically known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Related Coronavirus 2, that causes a disease known as COVID-19. We all know it simply as "Coronavirus." We're all inundated with news reports, sound-bite testimonies, and of course, rumors that have changed our daily lives. But if you're curious about what it's like to experience this disease first-hand, from the first signs and symptoms through full recovery, we hope Andrew's story can provide not only a word of caution but also a glimmer of hope.

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Apr 02 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Lost Colony of Roanoke Part 2

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Valid hypotheses about the Lost Colony of 1587 on Roanoke Island have existed since the settlers' disappearance.   In 1603, Bartholomew Gilbert attempted the last contemporary expedition to locate the colonists, but his search ended with the death of himself and four crewmen at the hands of Algonquian natives.  John Smith, an influential leader of the Jamestown Colony of 1607, had heard stories from Native American chiefs about villages where some of the men wore European-style clothing.  His search efforts would come up empty-handed, except for producing a map showing the locations of the suspected communities with walled housing.  It wasn't until 1701 with John Lawson's expedition to the then Province of Carolina that a European exploration would again check the Roanoke site along with the Croatoan area, which became Hatteras Island.  Lawson's examination of Roanoke yielded few clues except for the ruins of a fort and some English items.  His meeting with the Hatteras natives, however, provided a curious revelation: some of the Hatteras tribal members had gray eyes and claimed a few of their ancestors were white.  After Lawson's search, with inconclusive evidence and no forensic methodology at the time, interest in the Lost Colony's fate faded over the decades.  In the 430 years since the colonist's disappearance, hypotheses ranging from massacre and conspiracy to assimilation have remained unprovable.  Even with tantalizing finds through recent archaeology and DNA research, we are still one conclusive discovery away from declaring the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a "Mystery Solved!"

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Mar 22 2020

2hr 28mins

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The Lost Colony of Roanoke Part 1

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Few realize or remember that the very beginnings of English colonization in North America were fraught with tremendous hardship, peril, and connected to an enduring mystery.  A charter was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1584 to explore and colonize lands unclaimed by Christian kingdoms, south of Newfoundland, and north of Spanish Florida.  With hopes of finding vast riches as the Spanish Empire had done in Central and South America and a possible Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean, Raleigh had initiated two attempts at establishing an English settlement along the coast of present-day North Carolina.  The first colony was set up by Governor Ralph Lane in 1585 on Roanoke Island, located in the Outer Banks.  This enterprise would end in failure and evacuation from scare resources and hostile relations with the local Native American tribes.  A second attempt at a colony came in 1587 with Governor John White and around 115 men, women, and children who had agreed to settle in this wondrous but challenging new country.  Unfortunately, a curious order left these hapless planters on Roanoke Island, which had now become dangerous from the actions of the former colony.  The colonists persuaded White to return to England to plead for help, but due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, he was not able to return to Roanoke until 1590.  When White and the relief mission finally made their way to their last known location, the settlers had vanished, including White's daughter and his infant granddaughter.  White's granddaughter Virginia Dare would be known as the first English child born in a New World English possession, but what happened to her remains unknown.  The only clue as to their whereabouts were the letters "CRO" carved into a tree and the word "CROATOAN" carved into the fort's palisade.  These enigmatic carvings and the strange disappearance of the Lost Colony at Roanoke would ensure that their fate would become one of the first and lasting mysteries of the English occupation in the New World.
Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/3/14/ep-171-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-part-1

Mar 15 2020

2hr 1min

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Has the Cotopaxi Been Found?

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On November 29, 1925, the tramp steamer SS Cotopaxi left port at Charleston, South Carolina, under the command of Captain William Meyer loaded with her usual cargo of coal, and headed for Havana, Cuba. The voyage was routine until the ship ran into a fierce tropical storm off the eastern coast of Florida near Jacksonville. On December 1, the Cotopaxi sent out a distress call saying it was taking on water and listing badly. A thorough search of the area found no trace of the vessel or its thirty-two crew members, and the Cotopaxi would become another entry in the long record of seafaring mysteries, with many believing it had also become a victim of the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Although a notable tragedy in its day, the story of the Cotopaxi would fade from the public's memory, that is until it made a surprising cameo in Steven Spielberg's 1977 motion picture, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. What would later become even more surprising was the discovery of a shipwreck matching the Cotopaxi's description sometime in the decade following the film. However, due to the sunken ship's concealment in ocean sands, no one would realize the similarity at the time. Laying in about 100 feet of water and 35 nautical miles east of the coast of the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida, the site became popularly known as the "Bear Wreck," an assumption of its association with another lost ship. It would take a nagging hunch and nearly 15 years of diving on the wreck for marine biologist and underwater explorer Michael Barnette to finally have enough of the puzzle pieces to make a solid connection to the Cotopaxi. While the wreck's dimensions, various recovered parts, and a position correlated with newly discovered insurance records make this site a strong candidate for the Cotopaxi, there is still a missing clue that could positively identify the doomed steamer. Please join us for a more casual conversation about the recent news that may be a rare occasion where the headline is earned, "Mystery Solved!"

Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/2020/3/7/ep-170-cotopaxi-moxie-has-the-ship-been-found

Mar 08 2020

1hr 41mins

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Introducing Life's Little Mysteries

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Life's Little Mysteries is the newest Audioboom original podcast and co-production with Live Science. This podcast is for everyone and anyone who loves science and wants to know more about everything around us. Join hosts Mindy Weisberger and Jeanna Bryner of Live Science every Monday as they give you the low-down on all things big and small that truly make you wonder. Life's Little Mysteries has new episodes every Monday. Subscribe to Life's Little Mysteries on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lifes-little-mysteries/id1496044775. 

Mar 02 2020

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Part 2

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As with any mysterious event, it’s often said that we should look to the simplest solution as being most likely the right one.  The idea that when presented with competing hypotheses that make the same predictions, the solution with the fewest assumptions should be chosen is usually attributed to the principle of “Occam’s razor.”  But what happens if we try to apply this cure-all of an axiom to explain a medieval legend that has few clues associated with it?  In Part Two of our series on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, we’ll explore several of the leading hypotheses on this bizarre event such as the plague and Murine Typhus, forced emigration, the “Dancing Madness” and ergotism, slavery, the Crusades and even alien abduction.  And if we return to applying “Occam’s razor” to this mystery from the Middle Ages and accept the contemporary accounts?  Then what remains is the disturbing thought that somehow, a nefarious charmer simply used a flute to tragically persuade a large group of children to follow him into oblivion.  They may be lost and their names are forgotten, but they and their Piper shall be forever remembered as one of the most famous legends of all time.

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Feb 23 2020

2hr 5mins

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Part One

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In the year 1284 CE, a remarkable and colorfully dressed young man came to the town of Hamelin in Lower Saxony, Germany.  There are two documentations of this wanderer’s visit, the originals of which have since been lost.  According to the contemporary Hamelin chronicle and a depiction in a stained glass window in a local church, this handsome stranger began to play his flute through the streets.  Enchanted by the notes, 130 children from the town followed him into the woods, never to be seen again.  In the hundreds of years since the supposedly real event occurred, the most significant addition to the story would be the reason for the mass kidnapping.  After successfully ridding the town of a plague of rats using his musical pipe, the payment the piper was promised was withheld by the mayor and the town leaders.  Furious at his being cheated, the magical visitor took their children as his payment.  This later variation of the narrative we have all come to know as “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Today, we may think of this story as a children’s Fairly Tale.  But as the Brothers Grimm had noted themselves, and who are partly responsible for making it known to the world, this is a legend and not a Fairy Tale.  The difference is that legends are considered to be based on actual events, people, and places.  In relation, it’s also said that there is a kernel of truth to every legend.  If that is accurate, then the real Pied Piper event may be far more mysterious and tragic than we could have imagined, either as children or adults. 

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Feb 16 2020

1hr 7mins

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It’s like nerding our with your best friend. Beyond amazing. It doesn’t get more real than this.